SIRIUS XM to Launch the Nationwide Hanukkah Channel Featuring Prominent Jewish Leaders, Entertainers and Artists
NEW YORK, Dec 19, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --
Radio Hanukkah highlights Jewish music and culture, starting with the first night of the Festival of Lights - live from The Lighting of The National Menorah on December 21
SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) will broadcast Radio Hanukkah, the nation's only channel devoted exclusively to Hanukkah and Jewish culture and featuring leaders from the Jewish community, prominent artists and beloved celebrities. Radio Hanukkah will be broadcast on SIRIUS channel 3 and XM channel 38 starting Sunday, December 21 at 4:00 pm ET.
At 5:00 pm daily in each time zone nationwide, a different Jewish celebrity will light a candle during the Festival of Lights for SIRIUS XM listeners. The celebrity guest hosts are expected to include the rock band Barenaked Ladies; jazz musician Dave Koz; Emmy Award(R)-winning actress Mare Winningham; Dr. Ruth Westheimer; actor and comedian Larry Miller; and the Tony Award(R)-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh.
SIRIUS XM will launch Radio Hanukkah with a live broadcast from the lighting of the National Menorah from the White House Ellipse with Rabbi Levi Shemtov. SIRIUS XM listeners will hear live performances by the United States Navy Band and the Three Cantors. The Lighting Ceremony of the National Hanukkah Menorah will air on Sunday, December 21 starting at 4:00 pm ET.
For the family, Radio Hanukkah will broadcast HanuKidz, a dedicated hour of music and fun especially for children, including live performances by Yosi and The Superdads and Hanukkah stories told by Bob Saget and Jami Gertz, each day at 3:00 pm ET.
Additionally, Radio Hanukkah will broadcast Jewish Stars featuring live performances from recording artists and musicians of Jewish heritage, including Blue Fringe, David Broza, Rebbie Soul and Dan Nichols twice daily starting at 4:00 pm ET and 7:00 pm ET.
SIRIUS XM Radio hosts, including legendary radio personality Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow and one of the original four MTV veejays, Mark Goodman, will also bring listeners an hour of celebration of notable Jewish contributions to the world of music every weekday at 1:00 pm ET.
Regular SIRIUS XM programming will resume after the holiday season.
About SIRIUS XM Radio
SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather, to more than 18.9 million subscribers.
SIRIUS XM Radio has content relationships with an array of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffett, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bubba the Love Sponge(R), The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Bob Edwards. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball(R), NASCAR(R), NBA, NHL(R), and PGA TOUR(R), and broadcasts major college sports.
SIRIUS XM Radio has arrangements with every major automaker. SIRIUS XM Radio products are available at shop.sirius.com and shop.xmradio.com, and at retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Target, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart.
SIRIUS XM Radio also offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first ever live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network; XM NavTraffic(R) service for GPS navigation systems delivers real-time traffic information, including accidents and road construction, for more than 80 North American markets.
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Contacts for SIRIUS XM Radio: Sal Resendez SIRIUS XM Radio firstname.lastname@example.org 646 313 2405
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